Our 18th Chess Rising Stars Camp took place at Marlborough Primary School in Chelsea, London. We improved our chess skills together from Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th August 2021.
It was a delight to return to teaching chess camps in-person. Our children (and staff!) had all missed playing and learning chess together over the board.

Our camps are open to children from ages 6 to 14 and of all chess levels so beginners, intermediate and advanced children were all there with us. We split up into two classes for the activities. This helped us to match children with those of a similar level of chess experience and ensure they all made maximum progress.

Lessons had a mixture of chess tuition, mini-games and sportsmanship advice. We also made sure to find time for a break but some of our students just continued to play chess outside!
Each day we finished with several games under tournament conditions. We awarded trophies, medals, toys and certificates to our fantastic students. Particular congratulations go to Brain L., who scored 8 out of 9, and was the overall chess camp champion and Nicolas T., who scored 4.5 out of 9 and won the second group. Hector M. was our most improved player for his 5 consecutive wins to finish the tournament.

The camp was organised and delivered by WFM Maria Manelidou, CM Thomas Villiers and Chris Russell. We had a great time and our students did too.

Our next Chess Rising Stars Camp will be held in October for half-term and we hope to see you there! Please do contact us if you are interested in finding out more.

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Dec 14, 2016

London Chess Classic round 5: Mickey Adams wins

8th London Chess Classic  >>> LIVE coverage

Mickey Adams took full advantage of a Veselin Topalov in full tilt mode to score the only win of Round 5 of the London Chess Classic. That game featured some brilliant attacking chess, but the most memorable encounter of the day was perhaps the 6-hour epic in which Hikaru Nakamura came within a whisker of beating his third former World Champion in a row. Vladimir Kramnik walked a tightrope and found a beautiful stalemate trick to save the day.


Mickey was keeping his feet firmly on the ground: I’m happy I won a game because that wasn’t something I was at all sure about. Plenty of tough games to come!


On Thursday Wesley has Black against Topalov, while Nakamura is Black against Caruana. Adams will also face a true test with Black, against Kramnik. Tune in from 17:00 CET for all the Round 6 action.

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Apr 14, 2021

Richest Chess Players In The World

Opening moves like the Sokolsky opening, the Morphy Defense and the Reti Opening are named after chess greats and known usually only by chess enthusiasts. However, since Netflix’s series, The Queen’s Gambit, interest in chess playing has picked up by the general public. Our list below introduces some of the most famous and greatest chess Grandmasters of all time.

Binge Worthy

Garry Kasparov Net Worth: $5 million
Magnus Carlsen Net Worth: $8 million
Hikaru Nakamura Net Worth: $50 million
Levon Aronian Net Worth: $3 million
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Net Worth: $5 million
Teimour Radjabov Net Worth: $5 million
Judit Polgar Net Worth: $5 million
Viswanathan Anand Net Worth: $3 million
Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik Net Worth: $2 million
Fabiano Caruana Net Worth: $13 million

Garry Kasparov
Net Worth: $5 million

Garry Kasparov started learning the game when he was only 10 years old.

He subsequently became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at age 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov. He held the official FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association.

He was the undisputed champion from 1975-1985 and 1993-1999, with 160 first-place tournaments, losing his title to Garry Kasparov in 1985. He retired from professional chess in 2005.

After retiring from professional chess, Kasparov devoted his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined The Other Russia, a coalition opposed to the administration and policies of Vladimir Putin. In 2008, he announced an intention to run as a candidate in that year’s Russian presidential race, but after encountering logistical problems in his campaign for which he blamed “official obstruction”, he withdrew. In 2013, he left Russia and became a citizen of Croatia.

As of 2021, this Russian master of chess is thought to be worth about $5 million.

Magnus Carlsen
Net Worth: $8 million

A chess grandmaster, this Norwegian is the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion and World Blitz Chess Champion.

A chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen achieved second place in the World U12 Chess Championship in 2002. At 13, he finished first in the C group of the Corus chess tournament, and took the grandmaster title a few months later. At age 15, he won the Norwegian Chess Championship, and at 17, he was placed joint first in the top group of Corus. He exceeded a rating of 2800 at age 18 and reached number one in the FIDE world rankings at age 19, becoming the youngest person ever to achieve these feats.

Carlsen is not a universal player using different openings to challenge and block his opponent.

Carlsen returned to the Airthings Masters in 2020 after several years of absence, however, Russia’s Daniil Dubov eliminated Carlsen from the quarter-finals, ending a day of massive upsets for the current world champion.

As of 2021, Carlsen is estimated to have a net worth of about $8 million.

Hikaru Nakamura
Net Worth: $50 million

He was recognized as a chess prodigy at age 15 years, becoming the youngest American to earn the title of Grandmaster.

Nakamura is a five-time United States champion, who won the 2011 edition of Tata Steel Chess Tournament Group A and represented the United States at five Chess Olympiads, winning a team gold medal and two team bronze medals.

In October 2015, with a FIDE rating of 2816, he was ranked second in the world. In May 2014, when FIDE began publishing official rapid and blitz chess ratings, Nakamura was ranked number one in the world on both lists. He was pipped by Magnus Carlsen in the second publication of the rankings.

At the Airthings Masters in 2020, Nakamura was eliminated after losing to Levon Aronian.

As of 2021, this Grandmaster has built an estimated net worth of $50 million.


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May 22, 2021

Grandmaster at the age of 14 years

Marc’Andria Maurizzi has become a grandmaster at the age of 14 years , beating Etienne Bacrot’s record as the youngest ever French Grandmaster that was set 24 years ago in 1997. The Corsican’s 3rd and final GM norm at the 2nd Chartres GM tournament took him ahead of Teimour Radjabov to become the 13th youngest grandmaster in history. Sergey Karjakin holds the all-time record at 12 years and 7 months, though US prodigy Abhimanyu Mishra is pushing to break that record this year.

The pandemic has been tough on chess prodigies, starving them of many of the opportunities to face international opposition and chase records, but it hasn’t held back some players. In February we reported on Marc’Andria Maurizzi scoring his 2nd GM norm. He’s now scored a 3rd and final norm by winning another rare over-the-board tournament, the 2nd Grandmaster Tournament in Chartres, France.

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